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Today’s Expanded Edition PDB includes a variety of critical issues such as – The drug war at sea is getting bigger and bigger. The three US sea services (Navy, Marines, Coast Guard) are preparing for great power war. Taliban fighters capture Kandahar, Herat and Lashkar Gah in sweeping territorial gains.
The White House is now fighting a Taliban onslaught with sternly-worded statements.
Afghan lives ruined or lost will be part of Biden’s legacy.
Russian hypersonic technology expert accused of high treason.
North Korea military threats ‘intended to deflect from economic crisis.’
Can service members fight taking a mandatory COVID vaccine?
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Can service members fight taking a mandatory COVID vaccine? Some service members are objecting to mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations.
VA to expand COVID vaccine mandate for employees, contractors, and even volunteers. The expansion will give Hybrid Title 38 employees and Title 5 VA personnel eight weeks to show proof of vaccination or face termination.
The three US sea services (Navy, Marines, Coast Guard) are preparing for great power war. The U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard—the U.S. sea services—are currently prosecuting “Large Scale Exercise 2021.” The maneuver’s banal codename belies its ambition.
The drug war at sea is getting bigger and bigger. Traffickers have gone from using small boats and planes to putting vast loads in container ships.
About 8,000 US troops are deploying to secure evacuations from Kabul. Three thousand are heading to Kabul, with another 3,500 in Kuwait and 1,000 to Qatar.
Taliban fighters capture Kandahar, Herat and Lashkar Gah in sweeping territorial gains. The Taliban overran three key cities in Afghanistan on Friday, inching its government closer to collapse in the final days of the U.S. withdrawal.
US, coalition airstrikes in CENTCOM region plummet amid withdrawal plans. American and coalition aircraft have conducted more than 400 airstrikes across the Middle East since Jan. 1.
The White House is now fighting a Taliban onslaught with sternly-worded statements. There’s no hiding the fact that a Taliban victory is now inevitable in Afghanistan.
Afghan lives ruined or lost will be part of Biden’s legacy. Biden called it quits, he says, because after 20 years of trying to get Kabul to govern effectively and fight harder against the Taliban, there was still no outright victory or prospect of one. But the United States was stalemated, not defeated. There’s a difference — and how big a difference may soon become tragically apparent.
The debacle in Afghanistan. Biden and Trump share responsibility for the looming defeat.
Reports: British carrier followed by Chinese subs, possibly for target practice. Chinese submarines may have stalked a British aircraft carrier in a display of military strength in the contested South China Sea, though China claims the ships may have revealed themselves purposely, according to reports.
Russian hypersonic technology expert accused of high treason. A court in Moscow on Thursday ordered a specialist in hypersonic technologies to be kept in jail pending trial on charges of high treason, in the latest in a series of espionage cases targeting Russian scientists.
North Korea Threat
North Korea military threats ‘intended to deflect from economic crisis.’ North Korea’s threat to boost its military capacity to counter hostility from Washington before joint US-South Korea military drills is intended to divert attention from its economic crisis but could lead to a resumption of missile tests, according to analysts.
The Army’s first laser weapon is almost ready for a fight. Slowly but surely, the Army is inching towards fielding its first true combat-capable, high-powered laser weapon mounted on a Stryker infantry carrier vehicle.
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